Multiple sources told Page Six that the 30-year-old singer's team talked to show organizers a few days ahead of the event and said that Swift will only attend and perform if they guarantee a Grammy for her. However, Swift's team received a response saying that the winners are not known to the organizers of the show and that they would not bend the rules for her. One insider said, "[Her team] called and wanted to be assured that she would win the Grammy. And while it wasn't an explicit demand, they certainly were fishing to find out if Taylor was a winner. It was understood in the conversation that if she's not winning, she's not coming to the Grammys."
Another music insider said, "It is widely known in the industry that Swift's team called to find out if she was getting a Grammy, they wouldn't tell her so she didn't go. It's not uncommon [for an artist] to want to know. And everyone knows Taylor loves to win, win, win."
However, a spokesperson for Swift tried to clarify and said, "I am on the record: These statements by anonymous, unidentified 'sources' are absolutely 100 percent false and laughable. She just didn't go to the Grammys. You guys need to calm down.” The singer got nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance. She lost the Song of the Year to Billie Eilish.
There was also buzz that Taylor was protesting against the show after expelled Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan claimed that its general counsel had sexually harassed her and that the Grammy votes got rigged.